Animation

Animation courses in London

Animation is the most popular and creative form of filmmaking. It’s as limited as your imagination and allows you to tell stories and express ideas in a myriad of visually exciting ways. Taught by professional animators we offer a wide range of digital and traditional animation courses in drawn, model, experimental, cut out, motion graphics and animated SFX using professional applications, equipment, and processes.

Whether you’re interested in creating narrative or experimental animations for social media, publishing online, film festivals, gaining commissions or for use in narrative or documentary films or fine art installations we have the course for you at a level and time that suits you.

This could be a great start to a new career or a new interest to keep you animated!

Animation classes available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

For more information please contact Visual Arts: VisualArts@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Digital drawn animation with Animate CC
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    This beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn and cut-out animation in a digital context with a focus on creating engaging character animations.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  2. Try it out: animation
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Litza Jansz
    Ever fancied producing your own animations for web, devices and video? Come and learn the basics of creating professional-looking animated sequences using the software application Adobe After Effects CC.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  3. Try it out: Blender
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at 3D animation this short intensive taster course will get you up and running with the basics of how to work with the free, powerful 3D Software application Blender, and put you on the path to creating your own polished CG Graphics and Animation.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £179.00
  4. City Lit animation
    Course start date:  Tue 3 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths, John Horabin, Litza Jansz
    Passionate about animation? Fancy spending a year building skills in traditional and digital animation techniques and producing your own animation project? Taught by professional animators, this exciting fast-track practical course gives you the opportunity to explore both commercial and experimental approaches to animation using professional equipment and software. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some animation experience you can join our award winning alumni. A fantastic start to a new career or simply a chance to pursue your passion with like-minded people. Want to find out if this is the right course for you? Come along to our free School of Visual Arts open day on 20th May and get expert individual advice and guidance. Search VQ009 on our website to book your free place.
    Full fee £2,269.00 Senior fee £1,815.00 Concession £1,475.00
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  5. Animation in Photoshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Inch
    Learn how to produce eye catching 2D GIF animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Adobe Photoshop. Create unique looking work ranging from hand-made to pixel art. Learn how to export your work as movies or animated GIFs for use on social media and websites.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  6. 3D animation with Blender
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    If you are new to 3d animation, you’ve had a go at teaching yourself but are not making progress, or perhaps you are transferring to Blender from a different 3D program, this course is for you.



    It will take you through a professional approach to creating characters and environments in 3D from scratch, as well as introducing workflows and techniques to help produce polished 3D animations of your own.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
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  7. Experimental animation for fine art practice
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Discover the exciting innovative work of internationally renowned artists and enjoy exploring the potential of experimental animation to develop your fine art practice. On this practical course you will create your own short experimental animated film using a range of stop motion and digital techniques.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
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  8. Animation in Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Feb 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Inch
    Animated GIFS are the most popular form on social media. On this fast paced practical course learn how to turn your images and illustrations into exciting animations in After Effects and give your posts the best chance of going viral.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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